The objective of this reading-, speaking-, and
writing-intensive course is to familiarize students with the emergence of modern
nations of Turkey and Iran from the perspective of both history and critical
theory. This course further aims to help students analyze the similarities,
differences, and interactions between historically and narratively produced
knowledge, to investigate differing conceptions of Turkish and Iranian
nationality and modernity, and to understand their divergent paths of cultural
and political development.
1. Weekly analytical responses to course readings for a
total of 6 one-page, single-spaced position papers designed to facilitate
participation in the week's discussion. These responses should be made available
to other students via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) 24 hours prior to class
2. Weekly on-line responses to points and issues discussed in
class members' position papers for a total of 6 one-page correspondences spaced
over the course of the semester. Dialogic interaction with other students is
3. Research groups will lead weekly discussions over
assigned readings. Groups should provide handouts for class members to
facilitate discussion and participation.
4. A memo-proposal describing
the final research project, with one-page working bibliography attached. Please
include a carefully considered title to be used in the conference program. Due
September 29, 2003.
5. A final research paper (10 to 15 pages) making use
of frameworks from the course. Students are expected to present their papers in
the end-of-semester conference.
6. A writing portfolio consisting of
weekly position papers, e-mail correspondences, group presentation handouts,
proposal and bibliography, and the final research paper. Due no later than
Students will be evaluated by attendance and participation in
the course, cyber discussions, as well as by the quality of their written work.
Students who miss more than four class sessions may not pass the course.
Percentages will be assigned on this basis:
1. Weekly summaries/analyses:
2. Weekly e-mail responses: 20%
3. Group presentations: 20%
Proposal and bibliography: 10%
5. Research paper and conference
IV. Required Readings
To see a list of required reading materials for this course please download the corresponding word file